Barbering traineeship

At Realise we want to give young people aged 16-18 the chance to kick start their career with our barbering traineeship programme.

Barbering Traineeship taking place in a barbershop
Course overview

At a glance




8 weeks



About the course

Realise traineeships are delivered by sector experts who understand what it’s like to start out in the barbering sector.

You will work 3 days a week for 8 weeks.

You will receive expert advice and guidance throughout your traineeship. Moreover, alongside your level 1 qualification you will also receive a VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Developing Employability Skills.

Is this course right for you?

If you want to start your barbering career, develop your skills, and build your knowledge of hair, but you don’t know where to start, this traineeship is ideal for you.

The aim of the traineeship course is to prepare you for a bright future. At the end of the programme, your placement employer will need to offer you one of the following:

  • An interview for a job role (if one is available); or
  • Meaningful written feedback to help secure an apprenticeship or other employment.

So in summary, if you’re looking to gain work experience and enter the employment market – we would love to hear from you!

I have enjoyed working alongside other barbers and being part of a team, as well as learning on the job.

Sam, who completed his traineeship with The Mardy Barbers

Realise’s course has been a fantastic way for my trainee to identify if Barbering was what he really wanted to do.

George Wish, Owner and Manager of The Mardy Barbers

Joth Davies -

We have found Realise to be the most professional company that we have ever dealt with for our apprenticeship needs.

Joth Davies, Owner of Savills Barbers

What you’ll learn

As a trainee you will learn the fundamental basics of hairdressing which you will be able to immediately apply in the workplace.

Topics include:

  • Health and Safety
  • Professional behaviours
  • Assisting with Reception Duties
  • Assisting with colouring or shaving
  • Shampooing

Need more information?

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How you’ll learn

The course is an 8 week programme where you will complete weekly sessions with your training and development officer. These will be a mixture of both remote and face to face session and will involve sitting end of unit exams for shampooing and assisting with colour services.

You will do training with the salon each week, as well as carrying out an interview at the half-way stage of the course to help you to develop the your interview skills.

Frequently asked questions

What does a trainee hairdresser do?

A trainee barber will gain experience within a real-life barber shop, whilst studying towards an entry level qualification. Typical tasks include tidying and organising the salon, greeting customers, shampooing hair and shadowing barbers.

Can you do a hairdressing apprenticeship without going to college?

Yes, you can absolutely do a barbering apprenticeship without going to college. In fact, many of our apprentices prefer to learn ‘on the job’ as they are able to learn and put their skills into practice straight away, all whilst earning a wage.


What skills do you need for barbering?

To be a great barber, it starts with a passion for creativity and barbering. Realise can teach vital skills such as shaving, customer service, cutting and more.

What is a level 1 stylist?

A level 1 qualification prepares people to work within the hairdressing and barbering industry. Those working at level 1 will often advance to a level 2 apprenticeship.

Ready to take the next step?

Let’s talk. You’re only a few clicks away from enquiring about this course. Don’t delay, get in touch and start something exciting today!